Mike Grobbel

President of "Detroit's Own" Polar Bear Memorial Association

Mike Grobbel, president of "Detroit's Own" Polar Bear Memorial Association will be telling the stories of the men sent by President Woodrow Wilson to Russia to fight the Bolshevik Red Army from September 1918 through June 1919. The war officially ended in November 1918, but the "Polar Bears" were still fighting.

In February, 1919, the soldiers' families petitioned the U. S. government for the return of the Polar Bear soldiers who were located about 130 miles south of the Arctic Circle.

White Chapel Cemetery in Troy, Michigan has a memorial to these soldiers and the delegation who returned to Russia and recovered 86 bodies of those who were left behind.

Date: Monday, March 11, 2019


Place: Clinton Macomb Public Library
40900 Romeo Plank Road
Clinton Twp, Mi 48038

Keep checking Facebook, the Historical Commission site (ctwphc.org) or the Historical Society web site for updates.


All meetings begin at 7:00 pm

Clinton-Macomb Public Library (Main Branch)

Presentation is free; Refreshments will be served.

6:30 Refreshments
7:00 Presentation